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Proud to Be An Americano

In Drink, Recipes on March 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm


Last night, my husband and I snuck out to Osteria Mozza for a late bite while my mother watched a sleeping Tiny G. Our server asked if we wanted to start with a cocktail, so my husband ordered his standard vodka tonic, while I ordered an Americano. (For Bond fans, and I am a rabid one, it is the first cocktail that Bond orders in Ian Fleming’s novel, Casino Royale.) Made of equal parts of Campari and Cinzano Rosso vermouth with a splash of club soda and a slice of orange, it’s a perfect apéritif—the pleasant bitterness stimulates the appetite without overpowering. 

So imagine my surprise when the server instead delivered a mug of caffè americano. I’ve never had a cup of coffee be such a buzzkill in my entire life. I guess this is a sure sign that Starbucks is indeed taking over the world, one osteria at a time.

Americano Apéritif

1 ounce Campari

1 ounce sweet (or red) vermouth

Club soda

Orange slice or twist

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Pour in Campari and sweet vermouth. Top with club soda and an orange twist. Serve.

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